Arriving in Cape Verde

Last summer Mum & I went on a holiday to Cape Verde for a week. We stayed on the island called Boa Vista (Cape Verde is a country made up of a collection of islands). The island is basically one huge, dry, hot desert with palm trees sprinkled across it. We stayed at the RUI Karamboa Hotel & Resort, which was an enormous, sprawling hotel with nothing but sand dunes and sea surrounding it.

The hotel was directly on the beach, which I will admit was only full of tourists - no local people to be found!

The hotel decorations were inspired by the local culture, with lots of sculptures, colourful patterns and wood throughout.

We were pretty tired after a long day travelling - and very much looking forward to a relaxing week by the pool!

Haslar Marina Yacht Show

Last summer we supplied support boats for the Legend Yacht Show, based at Haslar Marina in Gosport. Haslar Marina is very pretty and is in a great location right at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour. The marina is easily recognisable by the big green lightship at the entrance!

The weekend was spend watching yachts racing out in the Solent on a lovely sunny day - what a hard couple of days work!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter weekend!

Lunch at The Folly Inn, Cowes

If you've ever been to Cowes but didn't go to The Folly Inn, you're missing out! The Folly is in East Cowes, and is only accessible from West Cowes by boat. It's certainly quite an enjoyable way to get to your lunch date! Tom and I have been to The Folly a lot and I'd highly recommend it. 

I've always been so eager to eat the food that I don't have any pictures of it - all I can say is that its nice pub grub. Not sure I'd fancy arriving at the pub on one of these dinghies! 

BBQs on the Beach

I'd never been to Hayling Island before, so on a very hot sunny day last summer we grabbed some BBQ equipment and headed on down to the beach. Everywhere on the South coast is windy, so it was a little tricky lighting the fire!

The only downside about Hayling Island is that there is only one road in and out  - so on a sunny day when everyone heads to the beach, it's a nightmare to get off the island! After an hour and a bit of queueing, we eventually made it home. I'm hoping for more barbeques on the beach this summer!

Days Out Boating

As you may recall, Tom and I like boating - we get out on the water a lot, and always love it!

To be honest, we really are fair weather sailors (because what's the point in going out in the wind and rain when you could instead snuggle up with a cuppa at home?) and luckily, we saw a fair bit of sun last summer!

Chesil Beach & Portland Bill

On our last day in Weymouth, we checked out of the hotel and headed straight to Chesil Beach. We stopped off at the visitors centre for a spot of breakfast in their cafe - and it was surprisingly nice!

Chesil Beach is 18 miles long, and stretches as far as you can see, with lagoons on one side and the sea on the other. It's quite a steep walk down to the water from the top of the beach! It's worth a visit if you're in Weymouth.

Next stop was Portland Bill and the lighthouse!

We were feeling adventurous, so we climbed down the rocks and started exploring.

It was an amazing view from on the rocks - just miles and miles of ocean.

Also - check out this cool rock formation!

We had a great weekend away in Weymouth - and we're going back again this year for the seafood festival! (I'm very excited about that trip!)

First RIB trip of 2017

Good Morning Everyone!

I thought I'd interrupt the (very late!) Weymouth posts with a update that is much more current!

Here's a video I made, from our first RIB trip of 2017 on Go Ballistic - it was the first beautifully sunny, almost warm day out on the Solent and we took full advantage of it! We went to Southampton Water and back, from Portsmouth Harbour.

I hope you all enjoy, and have a lovely day!